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Pope Francis: "Never try to convince an unbeliever"

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  Occasionally, in discussing the unmitigated disaster which is Pope Francis, someone will say to me something like this: "that's just the media, read what he actually says and judge him on that". The problem with this is I do. I read pretty much all his stuff and pretty much everything is σκύβαλα, as St Paul puts it in  Philippians 3:8 .  Reading his stuff has made me more upset, not less upset and it makes the people who defend him look utterly ridiculous, because pretty much all of it wouldn't get a "D-" from any high school teacher. It is repetitive, self-referential and verbose. Why is everything about him as well? Take his recent ECONOMY OF FRANCESCO three day conference on economics. What's that? Never heard of it? Well that's because not a single major secular media reported substantively on the three-day jamboree.  This was despite media-savvy presenters like economist Jeffrey Sachs, eco-feminist Vandana Shiva, pantheist ex-priest Leonardo B

A Church in Crisis - Dr Ralph Martin

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Ralph Martin is a  highly respected academic and holds an STD from the Angelicum. He has published many books I have used in my own academic study. This talk must be listened to, it covers some really important topics. One of his most influential books is Will Many Be Saved . If you have drunk the Kool Aid of a generation of false prophets who have tried to tell us that there is no need to be worried about our salvation, we don't have to do anything and everyone is going to heaven no matter what, you need to acquaint yourself with Martin's work and what the Church HAS ALWAYS TAUGHT ON THIS SUBJECT! The watering down of the teachings of Jesus on these issues has led to a decimation of the Church's missionary work & a prevalence of universalism which is doing untold damage, as Martin puts it using biblical language: the wild boar has entered the vineyard and is rooting up the vines.

Voris calls out hypocrisy of USCCB pointing out "problems" with Biden's policies

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  This is a great Vortex. Last week I felt really disgusted to see the US Conference of Catholic Bishops come out and say that there were some problems with Joe Biden's policies. This follows close on the heals of their congratulating him for being a practising Catholic and their constant attacking of Trump and at least tacit support for Biden during the campaigning. This really is laughable - the bishops remain silent leading up to the election, rush to congratulate Biden before the results are finalised, and now express concern about his agenda? What a joke. https://t.co/0WuEM6DFdV — Mark (@sitsio) November 18, 2020 It's like now they think Biden is going to listen to them? Imagine if they had said all this before the election?!! Voris has got this so right!

Cardinal Collins Corrects Errant School Board

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Some good news - further to this post  about a recent meeting of the Toronto Catholic School Board during which a member reading from the Catechism of the Catholic Church was denounced and the document described as "treading in dangerous water" and "not proper", the Cardinal Archbishop of Toronto has broken his silence and intervened, sending a letter to the chair which gives a reasonable defence of the teaching and the importance of Catholic schools maintaining, well, their Catholicity (shock, horror!). The letter was posted on the Toronto Catholic Witness Blog and I reproduce it here for your edification and encouragement dear reader: He doesn't do a terrible job here, does he? How wonderful & refreshing to have a Cardinal Archbishop backing Catholic doctrine! Of course, the fact that it's gotten this bad says quite a bit about what's going on in Toronto with respect to the teaching, practice and passing on of the faith, but, let's face it, it

Catholic Charity promotes Buddhism at Catholic School

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  I know I moan a lot on here but part of the reason I do that is so everyone knows where we are and why things are the way they are. Not just in the Church at large, but locally. Despite the great gifts given to our dioceses in terms of time, money, buildings, etc, there is a great tendency to do nothing or support the wrong things. I suppose the obvious element here is leadership. You have to have strong leadership in any successful project. You have to know you can ask the leader if you don't know what to do. You have to be confident that the people in specific jobs know what they are their for and that they have the confidence of the person in charge. A bishop is not like the boss of a business. He is WAY more powerful! The bishops are sovereigns in their dioceses. The pope doesn't tell them what to do - the pope is the bishop of Rome and he does have universal jurisdiction but this is something which is very seldom exercised. It doesn't matter if there's an annoyin

Becciu sues for 10 million euros on the grounds that he was "papabile"

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Angelo Becciu the Vatican cardinal sacked by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation is suing an Italian news magazine , claiming that his ruined reputation has eliminated his chances of becoming pope and will undermine the legitimacy of any future papal election. In a simply astonishing display of entitled clerical careerism, Becciu is seeking 10 million euros ($11.9 million) in damages, to be given to charity, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Sassari, Sardinia tribunal against L’Espresso magazine, the weekly affiliated with Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. Becciu resigned Sept. 24 as the prefect of the Vatican’s saint-making office after Francis presented him with allegations he had sent some 100,000 euros ($119,000) in Holy See funds to a Sardinian charity controlled by his brother. Becciu admitted he sent the funds to the charity- not his brother - and told reporters he had done nothing wrong. Becciu at the time of the transfer was the No. 2 in the Vatican secretari

A prayerful insight into building the Kingdom

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While praying this morning, I had an insight into why it is important to be authentic & clear in our Christian faith - & it might sound completely obvious to you, but it was somewhat of a revelation to me in a really personal way. In some ways, this insight has been driven by a number of separate encounters I've had over the last day or so. These are the "elements" of my insight if you like: The first is the ongoing Vatican debacle and the confusion and pain I see everywhere caused by Pope Francis. The Keys have always been a completely unproblematic part of my faith up until this point when it seems Peter has abandoned Jesus and is not very clear about where he is actually going. Obviously there are a lot of things going on. Perhaps this tweet yesterday summed it up: Leader of @USCCB shuts gate after horse has bolted https://t.co/eiZUVJK5oX — Mark (@sitsio) November 18, 2020 The US Bishops remain silent leading up to the election, rush to congratulate Biden be